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    ok, first question. i have a bci and a bcc. the bci is 7 months old and i feed him once every 5 days. once he's an adult, how often should i feed him to ensure he'll be healthy and achieve his full size of 7 to 9 feet? second question. my surnam is an adult, how often should i feed her to ensure she will reach the average size of 12 to 14 feet? thx for any help. peace.

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    Ok so basicly you just asked.. Ok so I just had a kid I want him six feet tall how often should I feed him to make him that size... I am not trying to make fun of you just giving you some scope for what my reply will be...

    So evey boa just like humans.. Gets a size not to be determand by anybody... You can how ever over feed and make it as big as it would probley have gotten in the long run any how with proper feedings By feeding way to much and often... and forcing them to eat more by power feeding (Placing another prey item in the mouth of the snake while it is still swallowing the first...)...
    Any how up to six feet and you have to watch your boa and the girth it can take with prey items... You probley will be on a every two weeks or so scheldual... I feed when my snake is active most of the time but some times he seems to go through bouts of inactivity... then I feed every two weeks for the most part... My snake is 5 1/2 feet long and takes a large rat every two weeks on the avg.. He show no signs of being fat but he is not skinny.... That is what you want... You will kinda' have to figure it out.... By watching the weight on a scale or just observing it with your eye....
    I hope this helps....
    Eric aka....Red

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      Hi StarBomb,

      Have to agree with red on most points.. My babies are on more of a schedule then my sub-adults and adults.. With the babies they eat every 6-8 days depending their size and its always one prey item of proper size. With BCC's you have to be extra careful not to give too big prey item or you will have problems.. The adults are on average every two weeks, but they determin the exact date based on the way they act. If they are not active, its longer, when they have been active for 2-4 days, then they eat.. Over feeding and power feeding will do nothing more then achive a fat boa with a little head that will die young. Only time I fatten a boa up is when its a female that I plan to breed in about 4 months. And I achive the extra girth not by over feeding, but by give a correct size guiena pig every other feeding. Guiena pigs are very high in fat and help boost her weight. I only do this for 2-4 months prior to mating and then its back to rats and rabbits..

      Hope that helped..

      Steve

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      • #4
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        Oh I forgot to mention that was for bci's... I don't and haven't had a bcc.. Don't know much about them execpt they look way cool... hehe
        Eric aka....Red

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        • #5
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          LOL Eric, we gotta get you one of the surinam babies when I breed them.. Temperment is exactly where you would want them, well atleast so far..LOL..

          Take a few years to think on it..LOL They are still babies..

          Steve

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          • #6
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            I feed my Bci every 7 days. She is about 28 inches.

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              thx, i kinda figure i'd just have to watch and see, and i've been feeding the bcc a medium rat twice a week (she's at 4 and a half maybe closer to 5 foot) i have'nt fed her large rats cuz they're a bit bigger than her girth at the widest point of her body...soon though. and i definitely don't want to overfeed, if my snakes don't get big thats fine, i just thought they were supposed to reach they're average size, now i know better. so again, thx for the suggestions, i really appreciate it. peace

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                Hey StarBomb,

                Sounds like you have a nice started BCC going.. Great Luck with her..

                Steve

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                • #9
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                  hi,
                  As the BCC ages you may see a decline in feeding after about two year's. I ve backed off to about 3-4 weeks when they start hunting, poo, shed or show a real interest in feeding. My BCC normally feed evey 4 wks to the day. They usally go Poo around three weeks and show a real intersest in feeding at 3-4 wks. Are you aware that a 12 ft BCC could be alot stronger than a 12 ft burme... I hope you have a large cage and a good backup assistant when feeding and handling. my 7 ft female isn't allowed access to the softpart of my neck but is allowed to hang on my shoulder with her tail under my left arm. this gives her leverage on me but dosen't cause any risk to me (ie choke me).. my snakes never grip that hard but have been scared of new people and fast moving people that approach to quickly this causes them to tense up and I like my adams apple the way it is.. hehe
                  here's her favorite way to travel



                  she's alittle to large now for a feeding box, the male stil uses one but the female is to big..

                  psps here's about a 10 ft Suri to give you an idea of scale , I don't try and encourage growth I just try and meet their needs this will slow that massive growth..
                  this pic came from MCCarthy boa's web page,
                  DOug


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                  • #10
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                    Basically a great guideline for feeding has long been established. You can find it on my care guide

                    http://www.redtailboas.com/general_c...eral_care.html

                    or

                    The Boa Constrictor Manual
                    To gain knowledge is good, but to share knowledge is wise

                    -Best Regards
                    -Clay English
                    Founder Redtailboas.com 1998-2013

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                    • #11
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                      Hey Doug,

                      Good info.. We have a rule in the house that no snake over 8 foot comes out if your alone.. Just an extra safe way to do things.. I know the two Surinams I have are expected to be giants based on their location bloodlines. I would be suprised to see my girl breal 12 foot plus.. Gotta a little while for that...

                      Steve

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